Diving boat in Bermuda burns up


Feb 12, 2010

The 45-foot diving boat owned by Graham Maddocks of Bermuda's Triangle Diving Center got completely burnt during a storm. Maddocks said that this was a customized boat built from USA 6 years back. It was in a new condition and would cost him $350,000. Plus there were diving equipment and GPS device on board which also got burnt. The  boat was moored at Grotto Bay Resort
Maddocks said that the boat was completely okay when he checked it in the previous evening and then again at 8a.m in the morning. The eye witness said that the boat caught fire at around 10 a.m. 
The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service arrived at around 10:45 a.m. and took over 5 hours to subside the fire. They had to fight the fire in the middle of strong hurricane wind and rains. 
Maddocks, who saw his livelihood going up in flames reacted: "I am just sitting here down at the dive shop and it's just... We are looking at the photos. It was just such a beautiful boat".  
"I don't know what I'm going to do. I am going to wait for the Police to come back. I'm going to sit down with my family for a few moments and figure out what to do".  
"And I will have to see what the insurance comes up with. We were a very popular dive shop so there will be a lot of upset visitors and locals."